Friday, November 03, 2006

9/11: August 9, 2002

Is this yet another mighty coincidence involving Warren Buffet and 9/11? Remember that Buffet owns NetJets.

Snip: "An official for NetJets, a company that sells shares in private business aircraft, confirmed that the plane tracking Flight 93 belonged to the company. The official, who asked not to be identified by name, said the company was asked not to comment on the Sept. 11 flight but would not say who made the request. Sept. 11 video, photos might be shown at Moussaoui trial."

In case you weren't aware of it, Buffet has his hands in remote piloting via defense research & development group Mitre Corporation. See above links for more.


The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Jurors in the trial of accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui will be drawn back to the day of the attacks through videos of the burning and collapsing World Trade Center and family pictures of victims.

The pictures would be augmented by dramatic cockpit voice recordings from United Flight 93, as passengers apparently tried to wrest control of the aircraft from hijackers, prosecutors said Thursday. The plane crashed in Pennsylvania, killing 44, including the attackers.

Additional recordings would be played from the cockpit of an executive jet that tracked Flight 93 on Sept. 11, according to written proposals subject to approval by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema.

"The government intends to introduce relevant portions of the videotapes and photographs during both the guilt and penalty phases to describe the murders at the WTC," the government pleading said.

"This will be particularly important during the penalty phase," when prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty. The government said it would introduce photographs of the victims, numbering more than 2,800 from the World Trade Center alone, to show the jury "who was murdered instead of merely hearing statistics."

Moussaoui is representing himself and will have an opportunity to reply.

Edward MacMahon, part of a court-appointed defense team that remains in the case over Moussaoui's objections, questioned the fairness of the strategy.

"I'm hopeful there's some limitation on how much of this evidence they'll be allowed to be put on," he said in an interview. "The loss is very real and gut-wrenching. But it doesn't change the fact that Moussaoui was in prison Sept. 11 and had been there almost a month."

Moussaoui was taken into custody in August for immigration violations after employees at a Minnesota flight school became suspicious of his conduct.

Prosecutors asked the judge to allow a veteran police detective to introduce photographs and videotapes of the New York attacks, saving the need to call numerous witnesses.

Detective James Wheeler, of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was at the twin towers when the hijacked planes crashed into them and worked to save himself and rescue others.

The New York images would be especially important in the penalty phase, since the government said it wanted to prove the crime was committed in "an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner in that it involved torture or serious physical abuse to the victims."

The nature of the crime would constitute an "aggravating" factor that could convince a jury to approve the federal death penalty.

The government said it would play the cockpit voice recordings from Flight 93 and the executive jet in open court, but asked Brinkema to keep both recordings and their transcripts from dissemination outside the courtroom.

An official for NetJets, a company that sells shares in private business aircraft, confirmed that the plane tracking Flight 93 belonged to the company.

The official, who asked not to be identified by name, said the company was asked not to comment on the Sept. 11 flight but would not say who made the request.

There were 2,823 people killed in New York on Sept. 11 and 189 at the Pentagon in addition to the 44 on Flight 93.

Meanwhile, Moussaoui's court-appointed lawyers asked Brinkema for a two-month postponement of the Sept. 30 trial date. They said the volume of material turned over by the government makes it impossible to be ready by the original date.

The "standby" lawyers were told by the judge to prepare Moussaoui's defense in case she decides to revoke his right to represent himself.

The latest handwritten motion by Moussaoui, released Thursday, requested access to the "standby" lawyers' secure Internet site, which contains their trial preparation work. The lawyers favor giving Moussaoui access, without allowing him to connect with any other Internet address.

"Grand nanny Leonie Brinkema must order Uncle Sam to leave Moussaoui surf the secure internet," Moussaoui said. "Cave in Afghanistan are not equipped with ... internet connection and laptop so the U.S. government should be able to manage the traffic."

Separately, the government opposed a Moussaoui request for access to classified evidence.

"Restrictions on the dissemination of classified information to an admitted al-Qaida member and avowed jihadist such as the defendant protect both valid national security and public safety interests," the prosecutors said.

Moussaoui has admitted he belongs to al-Qaida but has denied a role in the attacks.


SOURCE: Holland Sentinel

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